Broja skins Varane down the right and rolls a tasty ball across the face of the United goal. Elyounoussi couldn’t keep up. Had he been able to do so, he’d have had a tap in. Old Trafford collectively gasps then sighs in relief. Rashford swings one in from the right. Ronaldo can’t reach it at the far stick. Both teams now have one delicious ball to their name.
Sancho burns down the left and slips Ronaldo clear down the channel. Ronaldo rounds Forster on the left and looks to roll into the empty net … only to be denied by the covering Perraud, who stops and clears. This is great fun! In a parallel universe, it’s 2-2 already.
This match is gloriously absurd. Elyounoussi crosses from the left. Walker-Peters hooks back across goal from the right. Adams slips, and instead of heading home from six yards, knocks the ball the wrong way with his shoulder.
Armstrong’s drive is blocked, and United counter at warp speed, Sancho skittering down the left and having a dig that’s cleared. The aforementioned game in the multiverse is now 3-3 after nine minutes.
Dalot rakes a long pass down the right, looking for Fernandes. For a second, it looks as though Bruno will trap and round the out-rushing Foster on the outside, but he can’t control. Goal kick. This game finished 9-0 last season. It could feasibly end 9-9 this time, the way these two teams are carrying on.
Adams and Elyounoussi take turns to probe down the left. Saints are getting some joy down this flank, perhaps a result of Dalot’s desire to attack.
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